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Specialty Program Group Canada (SPGC) is a fast-paced insurance Managing General Agency (MGA) that provides innovative underwriting solutions for our network of brokers across Canada through our trade brands: Cansure, Beacon, i3 Underwriting, and Specialty Claims Canada. Our success as Canada’s largest MGA is based on our innovation, hospitality-level service, and living our values every day. We are a thriving, growing organization, providing stable and fulfilling careers for over 300 people across Canada.

About Cansure:

We are leading supplier of property and casualty insurance in Canada, providing innovative underwriting solutions to licensed brokers across Canada. We offer a broad range of products servicing business in one of our core segments: Hospitality, Recreation & Resorts, Construction (COC), Contractors, Professional Insurance, Real Estate, Transportation and more. Our underwriting expertise and facilities let us write even the toughest risks or solve that small wrinkle in what might otherwise be a standard risk. We are seeking an Underwriter to join our segment.


Working as part of a team, you are responsible for analyzing the acceptability of business opportunities according to company guidelines. This includes reviewing and pricing new submissions, renewal business and endorsements.

As a Senior Commercial Underwriter, you will help drive the growth and profitability of SPGC. You will build broker relationships and leverage your expertise, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit to build your book. Surrounded by a team of experienced practice leaders, managers, and executives, we provide an extensive range of products, ample capacity, and empowerment to enable your success. In this role, you will work collaboratively with your colleagues and management to provide value added expertise and exceptional service to our broker partners.


This position will:

  • Perform risk analysis using internal and external data resources for the purpose of quoting, negotiating and authorizing the renewal of existing policies and acceptance of new opportunities for risks of a moderate to high complexity based on guidelines and retention goals of the company;
  • Develop and support professional business partnerships with brokers by providing prompt service, responding to inquiries, acting pro-actively and taking ownership of issues and resolving them with a solution-oriented approach;
  • Pursue and achieve production targets;
  • Travel occasionally to meet with brokers and others to promote our business and identify business opportunities;
  • Make decisions based on imperfect information;
  • Communicate decisions and respond in a prompt and professional manner;
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with internal and external parties, including attending industry related seminars and networking events as necessary;
  • Negotiate coverage with brokers within and delegated authority parameters;
  • Manage, strengthen and grow a book of profitable business;
  • Handle endorsement requests within delegated authority. Independently engages with broker to clarify intent of the request or seek missing information;
  • Maintain compliance with established corporate guidelines and delegated authority parameters;
  • Work independently to meet deadlines following company guidelines to accomplish goals;
  • Take ownership of work-related activities and follow through on your commitments;
  • Deal effectively with pressure, maintains a positive outlook and recover quickly from setbacks;
  • Prioritize and complete tasks to deliver desired outcomes within allocated time frames;
  • Take personal responsibility and action toward learning and implementing new ideas, method, and technologies;
  • Demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills, both written and verbal;
  • Exhibit good decisional making and analytical skills;
  • Mentor and train less experienced team members, if required;
  • Think strategically, formulate objectives and set priorities, and implement plans consistent with the long-term interests of the company;
  • Document assigned files ensuring completeness, compliance, and quality to meet the documentation standards. Keep paper free environment by uploading the documents on our company software; and
  • Complete loss reports and post-claim underwriting reviews.


You’re a good fit if you have: 

  • Have at least 5 years of relevant experience in commercial underwriting or 10 years commercial brokering experience;
  • Hold a Charted Insurance Professional (CIP) designation (or are actively pursuing);
  • Hold a broker license (Level 1 or 2), or can qualify for a license within 90 days;
  • Have existing relationships within the industry you can leverage to attract business opportunities and grow your portfolio;
  • Have advanced knowledge in one of our business segments and/or lines of business;
  • Can lead a business development meeting with a broker to strengthen the existing relationship and prospect for new opportunities;
  • Have attended insurance industry events, such as broker conventions and networking events;
  • Can type a minimum of 40 words per minute;
  • Are proficient to an intermediate level in Microsoft Outlook and Word;


By joining Cansure, you’ll become part of a rapidly growing company focused on providing innovative insurance solutions to support independent brokers in Canada. As a member of our team, you’ll benefit from: 

  • Dental care 
  • Extended health care 
  • Paid time-off 
  • RRSP match 
  • Vision care 

salary range:

The expected salary range for this position is from $70,000 and above and will be impacted by factors such as the successful candidate’s skills, experience and working location, as well as the specific position’s business line, scope and level.  Specialty Program Group Canada and affiliated brands are proud to offer comprehensive benefit and total compensation packages which include extended health and dental benefits, disability insurance, RRSP matching, paid time off benefits, and a variety of potential bonus opportunities. 

apply today:

Interested applicants are asked to send your cover letter and resume. You can also send your resume to Please note that only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.